The benefits of travelling alone

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Are you ready for an overseas adventure, but can’t find a travel companion to join you? Then why not head off on a solo crusade? There are many benefits of travelling alone, one of which being that you don’t have to miss out on your dream holiday. Here are just some of the advantages of solo travel.

Set your own itinerary

Travelling alone gives you complete control over what you do on your holiday. Want to stare at artwork in a gallery or sit in a piazza and watch people for hours? You can do it guilt free.

You are the only person you have to please when travelling solo, and having the freedom to do whatever you want to without the influence of others can be extremely liberating.

Time is of the essence

Heading off on a solo journey gives you the perfect amount of time to immerse yourself in whatever it is that you choose to do. How much time should you spend at the Louvre? How long should you stay in Turkey? As much time as you desire. You decide – it’s your holiday!

Meet new people

When you travel alone, you can either spend more time with yourself or you can branch out and really get to know the people you encounter. Being alone forces you to venture out of your shell, making you open to meeting more people.

Talking to your fellow travellers can give you inspiration based on their experiences. And conversing with the locals can open you up to a more authentic travel experience, plus you’ll learn more about the environment and culture around you.

Increase your self-esteem

Travelling alone is a great way to test your mettle. You, alone, are responsible for learning a new culture, getting by with a foreign language and navigating a far-off land. You have to solve any problems that arise and deal with strange situations that pop up on your journey.

Once you’ve traversed the great unknown, you’ll come out of with a strong sense of accomplishment, and return with the knowledge that you, and you alone, took on the world and came out unscathed. You are now capable of almost anything!


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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?



Total Comments: 5
  1. 0

    I’ve almost always travelled alone and love it. Your final point is absolutely true, whether alone or with others, when travelling in foreign countries from time to time you have difficulties but when alone you to be forced to solve your difficulties. Having faced a problem and sorted it out give you so much confidence in your own abilities and makes the trip so much better. Over 40 years of travelling all over the world I have had my share of difficulties and wouldn’t have had it any other way. You don’t only get a lot of confidence in yourself but you also see how many really good people there are in the world who are willing to help you out if needed. If you’ve never travelled overseas alone DO IT NOW! Its wonderful.

  2. 0

    I have noticed that most people traveling solo wear sunglasses like the woman above. This may have something to do with your words, Leon – “watch people for hours guilt free”. Scary?

  3. 0

    Looks like I’ll be travelling solo more soon. Most of my friendes are married, can’t afford to travel or keep procrastinating-frustrating . Can’t be bothered ‘ waiting for ever’! Usually I do group travel and find this quite good.

  4. 0

    Agree, Barbara. Break the ice with a group travel trip then branch out on your own if comfortable.

    Fast Eddie
    People watching , with or without sunglasses, is an underated plus when travelling. See how the other half live.



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